Roof Cleaning Capel offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Capel and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is often quite difficult for many householders and can become a constant problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth may cause serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all local areas including:
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.